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My Soviet-era Cameras!

A while ago I embarked upon a mission to procure a few Soviet-era cameras for my display cabinet at home. The ones I ended up with are from the 1950s and 1960s.


First off, here's the Zorki-4 rangefinder camera. It's an anniversary edition to commemorate '50 years of Soviet authority' (Russian Revolution that began in 1917), and was produced in 1967. Mine came with an Industar-50 lens. In the Zorki-4 model range, this is the PM1825 model.

Here are the commemorative markings.

Zorki-1 (or just Zorki)

Continuing with the Zorki theme, here's my Zorki-1 model, complete with original lens cap.

It's a Type-D PM1105 Zorki, so was produced between 1953 and 1955. It came with an Industar-22 lens.


The Zenit-3M is one of my favourite Soviet-era cameras due to its beauty!

It's a stunning looking camera and mine came with an Industar-50 lens.

The Zenit-3M was produced between and 1970. A commemorative version ('Great October') was produced in 1967. I don't have that version. I believe the one I have was produced later in the model's life (late 60s would be my guess).


Next in my collection of Soviet-era cameras is the Lubitel-2. These were in production from 1954 to 1980.

I believe mine is the PK1435 derivative of the Lubitel-2 where the year dating was incorporated into the serial number. This would date mine from 1975. It also came with a case.

It's one of the more interesting cameras in my collection.


My Kiev-2A is a real heavyweight camera. It's built like a tank! These were produced between 1951 and 1959. I was lucky enough to find one with an original yellow filter.

It seems that these cameras could easily withstand very rough handling.

There is a bit of an industrial design to the Kiev-2A, but it's one of my favourites from my collection.


My Fed-2 camera is something special. I managed to procure a complete kit including original registration papers, manual, case and box!

The leather case is still in good condition, all these years later.

It has an Industar-26M lens and is in very good condition.

I believe my Fed-2 is the C-type PE0435 model, so would have been produced between 1958-1959. Judging by the serial number, I would say it was made in 1959.

So, there's a bit of Soviet history told in the form of cameras. I hope you like the photos in this post. Feel free to register and comment! Registration is completely free and just needs an email address.

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